Andrew Gendron

Partner
Andrew Gendron

Andy Gendron is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex civil and appellate litigation. He is skilled in handling mass and class actions and multidistrict litigation in product liability, toxic tort, environmental, stockholder, corporate governance, fiduciary, and professional liability matters. He has practiced and litigated matters to conclusion throughout the United States. Andy frequently works with transactional attorneys to provide deal-related risk management advice. His clients have included pharmaceutical companies, petroleum refiners, chemical manufacturers, real estate investment trusts (REITs), banks, law firms, and high-net-worth individuals.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Won a defense verdict in wrongful-death action alleging that occupational exposure to benzene caused decedent’s acute myelogenous leukemia 
  •  Won a defense verdict for manufacturer of woodworking equipment against claim that a design defect had caused permanent disabling injury to a medical doctor’s dominant hand
  • Won a defense verdict in multiparty death and personal-injury case arising from a vehicular accident where a tractor-trailer entered an active highway work site
  • Won a defense verdict for a community association sued by an invitee who became quadriplegic as a result of diving accident
  • Won a defense verdict for a go-kart manufacturer sued by parents of a nine-year-old who sustained internal injuries in a crash at an amusement park
  • Won a defense verdict for an automobile manufacturer and dealer accused of fraud for allegedly selling a repaired vehicle as new 
  • Obtained dismissal of securities fraud claims against an early-stage biotechnology company, and then settled remaining, potentially crippling claims on terms that allowed the client to recapitalize
  • Obtained dismissal of a multi-million-dollar legal malpractice complaint on forum non conveniens grounds, then filed offensive action for outstanding receivables in a more convenient forum, won dismissal of all counterclaims with prejudice, and obtained a favorable settlement for the client
  • Defended a petroleum refiner against groundwater contamination suits filed by more than 1,100 plaintiffs alleging property damage and personal injury, which ended as a victory for the client after trial, appeal, and settlements
  • Served on the national counsel teams for manufacturers of prescription pharmaceuticals, including as head of expert development team
  • Served as trial and liaison counsel in Maryland tobacco litigation, which included a defense verdict in one death case and dismissal of all tobacco/asbestos synergy cases filed in Baltimore City
  • Represented a wholesale food distributor and its parent in litigation involving breach-of-contract and wrongful-termination claims by distributor’s former CEO, and clients’ counterclaims for the CEO’s wrongful conduct, resulting in confidential resolution
  • Defended pigment and paint manufacturers before the trial and appellate courts of Maryland, with defense judgment upheld on appeal
  • Won a seven-year battle over alleged housing discrimination in a case of first impression, with an appellate mandate ordering dismissal of the charges at the administrative level

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. University of Maryland 1986
  • A.B. Georgetown University 1982

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association 
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of Baltimore City 
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association 
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association 
  • Member, Defense Research Institute 
  • Member, Maryland Defense Counsel
  • Faculty member, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers
  • Faculty member, Maryland Institute for Trial Advocacy

Recognition
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  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition, Business Litigation, Baltimore, 2012 - 2019
  • Recognized in  Maryland Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2019
  • Exceptional Service Award, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2015
  • Maryland State Bar Association People's Pro Bono Award, 1992
  • AV® Peer-Review-Rated (5.0/5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Represents minors and their families in special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) proceedings through his work with Esperanza Center

Volunteerism

  • Former chair, mission & planning and executive committees; former finance committee member, Catholic Community of Saint Francis Xavier (CCSFX)
  • Lay children’s and youth minister, lector, CCSFX
  •  Co-chair, 19th and 20th Lawyers' Campaigns for CollegeBound Foundation
  • Former trustee (finance, education, and formation committees), Saint Mary’s Seminary & University
  • Former board member, Homeless Persons Representation Project 
  • Former volunteer, Our Daily Bread
  • Former volunteer, Christopher Place